Episode 122: Feeling overwhelmed while training your horse.

A listener asks a question about feeling overwhelmed. She is studying and learning about good horsemanship, developing true partnership and relationship. She is aware there are a LOT of things happening.
First I give an overview, then I give FIVE actionable steps for addressing this and then I close with a real life example that includes a miniature horse!

Links mentioned in podcast:

Episode 112: Can you have relationship AND results with your horse?


  1. Christina on April 3, 2021 at 10:20 am

    StacyWestfall!!!! You are SO REAL!!! You are speaking directing to me, my heart, and my struggles!!! I am only at mile marker 24:53 of this podcast and had to stop & write this to you. Thank you! Thank you! You speak to the intangible and tangible crazy sides of my brain. You speak to my concerns & fears. You encourage & guide me. You are my favorite mentor. As a mom of six kids, I struggle deeply with a lot of baggage. Thank you for all you do & all your help!!! Now, I’m off to finish the rest of this amazing podcast! I love you & I love your podcast!

    • Stacy Westfall on April 6, 2021 at 9:22 pm

      Thank you for this wonderful surprise! What a joy to read a heartfelt response like this.
      Some days I record and wonder, “Not sure where that will land…” and then I find a message like this. Thanks for letting me know and for listening!

  2. Roisin on March 17, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    This is your best podcast to date!!! Maybe we all needed to hear this message at this moment. This was emotional and hit the nail on the head. Thank you once again for your beautiful insights Stacy!

  3. Jemi on March 17, 2021 at 12:41 pm

    Thank you so much for doing this podcast episode! The advice you gave was exactly what I needed to hear. I’ve been in the same boat as the caller, where I’ve been feeling overwhelmed by all the new information I’ve been ingesting about horsemanship and trying to implement it in my sessions with my horses.

    Last night, as I went out to work with the horses, I thought about “Little Girl Jemi” and how she felt before getting her first horse at age 10, and how she would have done anything just to be around horses in any capacity. It was a good reminder of how lucky I am to have eight horses now and have an arena/round-pen/lots of property for them.

    Instead of doing my normal sessions with the horses, I thought of the one thing I would do if a “schedule” wasn’t involved, and it was simply, ride my baby, Loki, around bareback in a halter/lead – something I’ve only ever done a couple of times on him! I set out some barrels (something we’ve never done) and just walked him around the arena and the barrel pattern for about 15 minutes. He did great and I felt the “overwhelmed” feelings leave my body and be replaced by the child-like joy again. It was such a relief!

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